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Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
Ranked #1 of 17 Hotels in Bora Bora
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 15, 2010

From the moment that Marco met us at the airport and escorted us to the boat that took us to the hotel, to the time the boat brought us back to the airport the word relax said it all, I didn't want to come home. The bed was one of the best I have ever been in, I slept longer than I have in years. The room was perfect (like you can expect at a Four Seasons Hotel). The food quality is of the highest. There are two restaurants and two bars on the property and the room service menu is large. The the daytime restaurant manager remembered my name thru the entire stay and brought me a Canadian news update every day, he remembered that my 17 year old daughter loved chocolate chip cookies and brought them to her you could tell that he wanted to ensure our stay was perfect. All the staff remember your name and every one of them said hello (in Polynesian) every time they saw us .

My entire family had a massage and the massage that I had was the best I have ever had.. a gentle Polynesian massage, I wanted to kidnap the masseuse and bring her back to Canada.

The swimming is perfect, water conditions unbelievable. We went on a snorkeling excursion that the hotel recommended and are guide was Madella, she and the captain were great guides. We swam with sharks and stingrays (swimming with the stingrays was neatest thing that I have ever done in my life) Swimming with these stingrays was like having a bunch of puppies all wanting attention around you. This was out in the ocean and not in a captive pool area. Definitely get the DVD they take of you on your 3 hour excretion.

If you want to relax and enjoy life this is the place to be, the assistant manager and Sonia the executive assistant made sure that they introduce them selves to us (the GM was away) and both made sure our stay was a rememberable one.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 27, 2010

My husband and I just spent 10 days in Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora celebrating our 4 year anniversary. We were excited to visit all three islands but we knew the highlight would be spending 5 days at the Four Seasons Resort on Bora Bora - and it did not disappoint. The resort is beautiful and the location is simply spectacular. We've traveled extensively (70+ countries) around the world and usually stay at 4+ star accomodations - and this resort is probably the nicest place we've ever stayed at. For American travelers – I had never realized how easy it actually is to get to French Polynesia. It’s an 8 hour direct flight from LA (with redeye options) and it’s only 2 hours behind Pacific Time Zone so there’s really no jet lag. We found the flight on Air Tahit Nui to be quite nice and easy.

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1. Location - Bora Bora with its beautiful lagoon is a gorgeous and romantic place to be. What makes the Four Seasons so nice is that it's very exclusive - set on its own reef about a 20 minute boat ride from the main area of Viatape. We went to Viatape and did a circle tour around Bora Bora – and it’s safe to say that the nicest place there is back at the Four Seasons. It's located with the other high end resorts like St. Regis and Intercontinental Taillaso. It has a beautiful view of Otemanu Mountain and you can walk out a half-mile on the beach and still only be waist-deep in the beautiful blue, calm water.
2. The Room & The Grounds – The over water bungalows are spectacular – they are huge and very nicely appointed. You have your own sitting area, bath room, bath tub area, bedroom, and a huge outside upper and lower deck with direct access to the ocean. The resort is only about a year old so everything looks brand new. The bungalows are nicely spaced out so you feel like you have enough privacy. The grounds are also great – it’s very lush with lots of walking trails, chapel, lagoons, etc. The resort is built over several small lagoons so there are lots of interconnecting bridges that just add to the appeal of the resort. The infinity pool is fantastic and huge with a beautiful view into the lagoon. The other cool thing is one side of the resort you can hear the ocean waves crashing in and the other main side faces the lagoon and Bora Bora island. You are literally on a strip of land with the ocean on one and a beautiful blue lagoon on the other.
3. Service – Service in French Polynesia is not near the caliber of what you’d find in Asia, but here at the Four Seasons we found the best service by far when compared to the other 3 resorts that we stayed at in French Polynesia. We were beginning to wonder if service in general was just poor in French Polynesia, but were redeemed the minute we encountered our friendly Four Seasons Hostess at the airport who greeted us with cold water, shell necklaces, cold towels, and a beautiful yacht to take us away to the resort. We found the service to be very attentive and pleasant. We ate all of our meals at the poolside restaurant (buffet for breakfast and dinner) and the staff was very efficient and welcoming towards us. The food was also fantastic (albeit very expensive) and we had our fill of fresh fruit, fish, salads, etc.

Cons:
• It is very remote so you can’t go here expecting any nightlife or city living. It’s a 20 minute ferry to the main island (where there isn’t much to do anyways) so you should pretty much plan to be at the resort the vast majority of the time. We did take one trip into Viatape and did a circle island tour and some black pearl shopping. The island itself didn’t seem to have too much to offer – it seemed like it was still reeling from the cyclone. We spent about 5 hours on the main island which was more than enough time. My husband also went scuba diving which he thought was great because he got to swim with sharks. But really the visibility wasn’t that great and we heard that it’s actually better on Raitea or Moorea.
• Bora Bora is not like Moorea when it comes to water clarity and marine life. Don’t get me the wrong, the water is still a beautiful blue and warm, but it doesn’t have the vast amounts of coral and fish that we really enjoyed at Moorea. In fact the only place to snorkel at the resort is not outside your bungalows or from the beach, but in a man-made lagoon that a marine biologist built on the resort. They’ve brought in coral and fish and I have to say it was very cool. There are lots of schools of fish, octopus, coral, etc. So if you are a snorkeling beginner – you’ll really, really enjoy this added feature.
• Four Seasons will charge you for transportation to and from the airport ($50 roundtrip per person) and to get to Viatape.

P.S. If you’re worried about the damage from Cyclone Oli, don’t be. The resort is in tip top shape. I only noticed a few down trees/bushes but that was back in the staff quarters area. Everywhere else looks perfect. However, several other resorts did get hit very heavily and are now closed (St. Regis, Bora Bora Lagoon, Le Meridien) and so a lot of those customers got moved to the Four Seasons. So apparently they were completely full when we were there, but we didn’t notice it at all. The grounds are so huge that you really don’t see many other people as you go about your day.

I have lots of pictures if you’re interested. Or if you’re thinking about going to French Polynesia at all, feel free to drop me an email, I can share our experiences with you from Tahiti (Le Meridien), Moorea (Sofitel and Hilton), or Bora Bora. You can email me at michelle@guidato.com

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 25, 2010

This is the most incredible place WE have ever been. Not to mention that Bora Bora is absolutely gorgeous, the staff made our honeymoon a phenomenal thrilling experience. Everyone in the resort knew our names before they even met us. The concierge helped us plan jet skiing in the lagoon with lunch on Matira Beach, para sailing, feeding sharks and stingrays, all day private spa treatments in our private over-water villa, and snorkeling on the fringe of the Great Barrier Reef. I'm sure it will be the vacation by which all other vacations are judged, at least in my mind.

Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 15, 2010

Well, where to start. We stayed at the four seasons bora bora for 7 days for our honeymoon. Even though it was a really long flight it was well worth the amazing experience. For people travelling in the wet season, not to worry! We had 10 mins of rain one day, and in the middle of the night another shower. The rain comes and goes so fast you hardly even know it was there. It's almost needed because it's super hot and humid in february and march! Water bungelow and food were excellent. Service was amazzing, typical four seasons. The snokelling on the resort was fantastic, keep an eye out for the octopus. We did the shark boy tours, it was an experience of a lifetime. I highly recommend it! The spa was fantastic as well, if you don't want a massage, they have a really nice jacuzzi and steam room that your more then welcome to use. We used it the last day just before we had to leave the resort. We had a really late flight so we were able to use the facilities to freshen up. The DVD and book collection was great as well, if your looking forward to a quite night back at the bungelow. Overall, an amazing trip, you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed: February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 31, 2010

As with all Four Seasons resorts, this one is no different. All I can say is..... It doesn't get any better then this. The staff is AMAZING!!! They made our whole trip. The kids for all season took care of our 5 year old better then we do!! I love love love this place!! We are going back next year for Christmas again.

Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 20, 2010

After spending part of our honeymoon in the Four Seasons Bora Bora, we left with a very disoppointing feeling. During our stay, most things went well, beautiful overwater bungalow, great views, nice lagoon etc. The problem was our departure. When our flight from bora bora was cancelled due to a storm and we were left on the little airport mutu (island) when all other resorts on bora bora picked up their stranded guests to take them back to their resort. The Four Seasons refused to take us back to the resort, no matter what we tried. Together with 10 other Four Season guests, we highly suspected that the reason for this was the presence of some (drunk!) celebreties in the resort and therefore they suddenly reported the resort to be fully booked! After 3 hours of long discussions with the management it was too late to have diner anywhere, we were offered to stay for a few hours in another resort if we would pay $850,- per room, which was not acceptable for all of us and finally we all stayed in the Novotel for a few hours during the night to wait for connecting flights. Whatever we tried, the management refused from the beginning to bring us back to the Four Seasons to find a solution.

When we just returned home, my brother asked me how we enjoyed our honeymoon, especially our stay in the Four Seasons.
After 10 minutes I discovered that my brothers wedding gift to us was a complete dinner including wine in the a la carte restaurant of the Four Seasons Bora Bora, and he has even paid an amount for it by credit card.
During our stay in the resort we have never been informed in any way by the resort staff about this surprise and therefore never enjoyed this personal gift.

When you go to the the Four Seasons you know you will pay for quality of product and service, clearly they failed big time to offer their normal high standard!!!

We will NEVER go back to this place!

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 13, 2010

Me and my husband spend 5 days in Four Seasons Bora Bora. It is truely wonderful. We will go back for our one year anniversaru. We stayed in one of the over water bungalows and the view is amazing. We prefer to dine in the Sunset Bar instead of the restaurant. The food, service and everything is excellent. It definitely worth the money!

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Address: Motu Tehotu BP 547, 98730, French Polynesia
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Location: French Polynesia > Society Islands > Bora Bora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Spa Hotel in Bora Bora
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Bora Bora
#1 Luxury Hotel in Bora Bora
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Bora Bora
Price Range: $1,226 - $2,855 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora 5*
Number of rooms: 107
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is a South Pacific paradise, combining the highest standards of service with ultramodern comforts and the natural ease and gracious hospitality of the Polynesian culture. Set upon Bora Bora's surrounding coral atoll, the Resort is a vast tropical grove, replete with coconut palms and pandanus trees. Meandering channels of pure turquoise lead to the main beach or to smaller lagoons, waiting to be discovered. Every vista is breathtaking. The Resort offers 100 overwater bungalow suites and seven beachfront villa estates, all designed with thatched roofs and decorated with indigenous artwork. Four restaurants offer a vast selection of creative culinary experiences, while the full-service spa is balanced by the powerful rhythms of the Pacific Ocean and the tranquility of the island's lagoon - offering an unmatched combination of relaxation and exhilaration. ... more   less 
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